Children's Literature - Tim WhitneyTold in the first person by biologist Adrian Forsyth, this book explains how monkeys make chocolate, why cherries are red, how trees protect themselves from hungry animals, and who likes to eat castana seeds. The author does an excellent job in relaying information to a young audience; he often shares with the reader his own amazement about the life of the people and the animals in the tropical rainforest. The colorful photographs are visually appealing and extremely important in understanding the text.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-6Forsyth doesn't merely describe the plants that furnish a variety of food and medicine for people around the world, but explains the vital role played by insects, birds, and other creatures in their propagation. Although most of his examples come from tropical rain forests, he does include some information about North America, an area often neglected in books on the topic. Well-chosen, full-color photographs introduce species that are probably unfamiliar to most readers. Anecdotes from the author's travels enliven the text, which should intrigue students and tempt them to read the entire book instead of simply using it as a source of facts for reports.Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
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